There are going to be a few changes around here. Here's what I've been up to...

Hi! I'm back!

I have called an end to my self imposed internet ban and will now slowly ease myself back into a routine of blogging. My dissertation is complete, printed and submitted. This marks the end of my full time student status- through five years of a bachelors in Business and French, a Masters in International Business Management, and not paying taxes.

I thought that rather than boring the pants off you with a lengthy post I would just drop in a few photos I took over the weeks of writing.

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The dissertation wasn't extremely hard work, it was just a completely draining experience. I have never felt so bad about myself. I had to conduct a series of interviews and a small group of truly amazing and kind people responded to my emails and agreed to be questioned. I prepared some questions to ask each of them, trying to make the experience as informal as possible in the hope that it would be more honest and exploratory as an engaging conversation.

Wrong idea - it turns out, I'm simply terrible at that. I didn't listen properly to what the participants were saying, or didn't appreciate exactly what they were explaining at the time, and then to make matters worse I seemed to inject at least one (per interview) completely wild assertion that just made me sound like a complete idiot.

Honestly, during transcription I nearly cried. It seems I still have so much to learn.

I can't imagine what would have happened if I had been met by similarly immature answers, but thankfully the interviewees completely saved the day. Their responses were insightful, well thought out, and I produced some great case studies from them. Thank you all, so so much!

I've learned my lesson. I have genuinely come to appreciate the true nature of my strengths and weaknesses, and I'm humbled because I almost certainly didn't deserve that rescue.

So new beginnings! From here on, any mistakes are going to be costly: I've left academia behind and got a job. Details of that later...